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White, Allom & Company

Pair of throne chairs c.1937

Wood, velvet and embroidery | 130.7 x 84.0 x 74.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 2604

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  • X-shaped throne chairs with arms in Tudor style covered in red velvet; underside of back and seat decorated with gold fringing. Embroidered white rose of York at front of supports. Embroidered front and back with arms of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. 

    These throne chairs were made in 1937 for the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Their design replicates the style of chair made for the coronations of Charles II and James II in the seventeenth century. The X-shape of the legs is reminiscent of folding stools of the Tudor period. In the seventeenth century, the X-shape remained a decorative feature, and the arms and back were added for comfort.

    The chairs were made by the London furniture-maker, White, Allom & Company, founded by Sir Charles Allom in 1902. The firm specialised in period interior decoration and reproductions of historic furniture. This is also the company that made the Coronation chairs for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1953. The choice for a historic English design and a British manufacturer was intentional. The purpose was to establish a connection between the new Sovereign and his ancestry, and to emphasize the quality of British craftsmanship.
     
    Until George V's and Queen Mary's Coronation in 1910 it had been customary to sell the chairs and other furnishings made specifically for the occasion to those who attended the event.
    Provenance

    Made for the Coronation of King George VI. Used by the King with the accompanying footstool during the Homage. The Queen, remaining seated in the chair of estate RCIN during this time, sat on her throne chair after her Anointing.

  • Medium and techniques

    Wood, velvet and embroidery

    Measurements

    130.7 x 84.0 x 74.0 cm (whole object)